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Fugitive Takes Distribution Rights to Transgender Rabbi Drama ‘Abby’ – Variety



Fugitive, the manufacturing and financing firm run by Anthony Kimble and Merrily Ross, has picked up worldwide distribution rights to 4 new initiatives from Rogo Productions, together with transgender Jewish drama “Abby” and a high-profile doc collection concerning the Israeli-Palestinian battle.

Fugitive has additionally shaped an unique partnership with the London-based manufacturing firm, run by Alex Holder, producer of function doc “Hold Quiet,” which has performed on Netflix.

The deal will even see Fugitive take worldwide distribution rights to “Empty Planet,” a brand new fast-turnaround COVID-19 collection, in addition to “Hold Quiet.”

Drama “Abby” is predicated on the true story of Abby Stein, a younger girl from New York, who was an ultra-Orthodox rabbi. Seven years in the past, she was Yisroel Stein, a Jewish rabbi in Brooklyn with a younger spouse, a small youngster and and rising star on the rabbinical circuit — till he shocked his group and got here out as Abby, a transgender girl.

“Abby,” the scripted collection, is now being co-developed by Rogo Productions’ Howard Cohen, who lately joined from Fulwell 73, alongside Anthony Kimble from Fugitive. It follows Abby’s journey of self-discovery and transformation into an LGBTQ activist, exploring what id, group, faith and household imply.

Elsewhere, “Battle of Curiosity” is a restricted collection at the moment being filmed, and out there for pre-sale. Helmed by “Underneath the Wire” director Chris Martin, the manufacturing on the Israeli-Palestinian battle has carried out interviews with Professor Noam Chomsky, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, Nickolay Mladenov, UN ambassador to the area, and former Prime Minister of Israel, Ehud Barak.

In the meantime, three-part collection “Empty Planet” takes a visit world wide’s most historic and attention-grabbing landmarks and landscapes, all empty throughout the coronavirus pandemic. The collection is being shot completely by way of drone footage, and can be mixed with archive and narrative perception.

Function doc “Hold Quiet” beforehand received the Cinema for Peace Award. Beforehand out there on Netflix, the movie is about Csanád Szegedi, an antisemitic, far-right Hungarian radical, who embraced Judaism when he found that he was, the truth is, Jewish.

Kimble stated: “We’re tremendous excited to be working with Rogo Productions. ‘Hold Quiet’ did a unbelievable job of elevating Alex’s worldwide profile, so we’re assured that every one 4 initiatives can be very a lot in demand.”

Former Cineflix Rights exec Kimble launched Fugitive final 12 months.

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